RPM and tarballs

Todd Zullinger tmz at pobox.com
Tue May 8 15:42:21 UTC 2007

Oliver Ruebenacker wrote:
> If you install software directly from a tarball, rpm will not be
> aware of the installation. How can rpm be made aware of it?

Basically, you need to package the tarball as an rpm and then install

> Is rpm --rebuilddb supposed to always fix the problem?

Nope, that's not what --rebuilddb does.

> Or should I always try to turn the tarball into an rpm file?

Yeah, I would (and do).

> How to do this?

There are more than a few tutorials out there.  Here are two links to
documentation written specifically for Fedora that might provide a
good starting point:


If you poke around in a few SRPMS, you'll likely get the hang of it
fairly quickly.


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